What's new in local 'Rock of Ages' encore

Posted at 07/10/2013 8:44 PM | Updated as of 07/11/2013 10:53 AM
Mig Ayesa as Stacee Jax in 'Rock of Ages.' Photo from Atlantis Productions' official website

MANILA -- For its repeat run starting this weekend, Atlantis Productions' staging of the popular Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" promises more of the riotous on-stage fun seen last year, while "bits and pieces which will be different" from its June 2012 debut.

Filipino-Australian singer MiG Ayesa will reprise his role as Stacee Jax in the local staging's re-run starting Friday, July 12.

Speaking with reporters at a recent press conference for the show's repeat, Ayesa recalled his part in last year's "Rock of Ages" as a "fantastic experience."

"We had an amazing cast, amazing production, amazing creative people involved... And here we are, we're doing it all over again," he said.

Most of the original cast members are likewise returning, with Nyoy Volante, Vina Morales, Aiza Seguerra, Jett Pangan, Calvin Millado, Jamie Wilson and Bibo Reyes reprising their respective roles.

"For those who saw the show last year, you'd want to come again because you had such a great time last year. Those people who hadn't seen it, of course, now is your chance to see it," Ayesa said.

Ayesa also assured those who intend to watch "Rock of Ages" a second time that the repeat run will offer something new, among them its new cast members.

"There are changes -- we have new people involved, we have three new cast members, notably, of course, we have Rachel Alejandro, who is fantastic. She's phenomenal in so many ways," he said.

The 39-year-old singer-actress will replace Jinky Llamanzares as Justice Charlier, who sings the popular "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" in the musical.

The nuances of the cast members in their roles, Ayesa added, are ever-changing from one performance night to another -- which he said the audience can also look forward to.

"Even though we're doing the same show we did last year, we changed things a little bit here and there. You can never really do the same show twice.

"Everytime we do something, a new run of the show, Jett Pangan always gives something new, always something new. And we're all kind of trying to experiment here and there. So we have bits and pieces which will be different from last year," he said.

While the live, "one-take" shows give room for these "little changes," Morales, who plays Sherrie Christian, said they are conscious about remaining true to their characters.

"We really have to focus 100% talaga, then doon sa character mo. Ako, until now nininerbyos ako... Kailangan mo talaga i-grasp 'yung character mo, 'yung mga lines mo, lahat ng blocking," she said.

Morales, who is also known for her roles in TV and films, added she is particularly nervous about returning to the stage, where there are no cuts and second takes.

"We work together everyday. We still rehearse everyday. We have to prepare, kasi walang take 2. Kasi 'diba sa mga movies, sa mga taping, pwede kang paulit-ulit?

"Ito hindi. Pag magkamali kang isang beses, wala, that's it. 'Di ba, nakakahiya? There's no room for error, no mistake," she said.

Directed by Chari Arespacochaga, Atlantis Productions' "Rock of Ages" will run until July 28 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.